LEN "DIGGER" O'DELL
|* Digger had a long and distinguished
career in the sport of Auto Racing in the Victoria area.
* He started his driving career at Langford Speedway, then moved to Shearing's Speedway (just South of Duncan), and then finally, to Western Speedway.
* Known primarily as a Stock Car driver, Digger had also competed in a few Sprint Car races in the Victoria area.
* In the very first race run at Western Speedway (May 27, 1954), Digger drove his Ford Coupe to a 2nd place finish in the Main Event.
* He also won the Championship Race at Western in 1954.
* He had to take the year off in 1955 as he was drafted into the U. S. Army.
* Returning to competition in 1956, he finished the year sitting sixth in total points.
* Digger's best driving year was 1957. He had an impressive string of nine consecutive Trophy Dash wins; five Main Event victories; scored one clean sweep; came second in the Championship Race; and ended the season sitting in second place in the final point standings.
* In 1958 he continued his impressive driving, ending the year in 3rd place.
* Digger was also a renowned mechanic and engine builder. He seemed to be able to get the most out of a Flathead Ford V8 motor. He built and maintained the engines for many of the top names that were competing at Western Speedway.
* Digger was also instrumental in starting his son Rick at the racing game. He worked with Rick in the early years and saw him develop into one of the top chauffers at Western as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest.